Dr. John D. Stafford Named Vice President for Student Development and Engagement
John D. Stafford, Ed.D., of Paoli, PA, has been named Immaculata University’s vice president for Student Development and Engagement. He will also continue his role as Dean of Students at Immaculata which he has held since 2006. In his new position as vice president, Dr. Stafford will oversee the departments of athletics, campus safety, residence life and housing, student activities and leadership, and the student wellness center.
Under his guidance as Dean of Students, Immaculata increased student engagement by creating new programs geared toward student retention and also student recognition. In addition, Dr. Stafford was instrumental in updating policies and initiating new student protocols that benefited the entire campus community.
“I’m thrilled to be serving the University in this expanded role. To continue working to create innovative programs that support its inspiring students and reflect the IHM Charism and University Mission is a wonderful opportunity,” stated Dr. Stafford on being named vice president for Student Development and Engagement.
Beginning his career in higher education in Residence Life at Roanoke College in Virginia, Dr. Stafford continued working in that capacity at various colleges on the East Coast including Rider University and The College of New Jersey before serving as assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Arcadia University in PA until he arrived at Immaculata nine years ago. With his extensive knowledge of higher education, Dr. Stafford has also been an adjunct faculty member teaching courses on education for both Immaculata and Widener universities.
To keep current in his field, Dr. Stafford maintains memberships in the following organizations: the Alumni Advisory Committee for Higher Education Programs at Widener University; Institutional Diversity Coordinator for the SEPCHE Diversity Conference; founding member of the New Jersey Committee of Residence Educators; and various past leadership roles with the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO). Sharing his expertise, Dr. Stafford has presented at numerous conferences and conventions across the United States and has provided training for professionals in the field of residence life and student development at various universities.
Dr. Stafford received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Theatre Arts from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina and continued his education earning a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in Virginia. In 2012, he received his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administrative Leadership from Widener University.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.